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Students earned $1,000 scholarships from Clerk & Comptroller employee donations

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (October 8, 2010) – Three Palm Beach County students recently received $1,000 college scholarships, thanks to the generosity of Clerk & Comptroller employees.

Rachel Coloyan of West Palm Beach, Ashley Flynn of West Palm Beach, and Angel I. Martin of Boynton Beach earned the scholarships based on a 500-word essay, community service participation and grade point average. Scholarships are awarded annually to the children of Clerk’s office employees.

 “Their dedication and service to our community is commendable,” said Clerk Sharon Bock. “I’m pleased we were able to recognize them with these scholarships.”

  • Coloyan, a graduate of Seminole Ridge High School, is now a pre-med student at Palm Beach State College and an aspiring surgeon. She volunteered at Acreage Community Park and was a member of the Interact Club at Seminole Ridge, and hopes to someday open a surgical center in Palm Beach County. She is the daughter of Carol Coloyan, who works in the Jury division of the Clerk’s office.

  • Flynn, a graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, is majoring in Spanish at the University of North Florida. She volunteers with the On Campus Transitions program at UNF, where she helps young adults with developmental disabilities move from high school into independent living, and also donates her time and money to groups such as Amnesty International and Plan USA. She is the daughter of John Flynn, from the Clerk’s Finance department.

  • Martin, a graduate of Lake Worth High School and Florida Atlantic University, is working toward a degree in medicine at Florida State University. He volunteered as an interpreter for the Caridad Medical Center in Boynton Beach, and hopes to someday open free clinics to provide health care to people who don’t have health insurance. He is the son of Angel Martin, who works in our I.T. department.

Money for the three students’ scholarships came from the Clerk’s office Dress Down Friday fundraising program, which last year raised $39,750 for 26 local charities including the Clerk scholarship fund. Employees donate $2 each week to dress casually on Fridays, and choose which charities should receive money each year. The Clerk’s office has donated more than $570,000 to charities since the Dress Down program began in 1994.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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